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The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffereing and brutality of England's infamous convict transportation system. With 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.read more

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Marshall Sahlins centers these essays on islands—Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand—whose histories have intersected with European history. But he is also concerned with the insular thinking in Western scholarship that creates false dichotomies between past and present, between structure and…read more

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A lively collection of extraordinary stories of adventure and discovery, The Explorers tells the epic saga of the conquest and settlement of Australia. Editor Tim Flannery selects sixty-seven accounts that convey the sense of wonder and discovery, along with the human dimensions of struggle and…read more

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Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, showing that it has been a powerful environmental determinant, shaping both social and natural historiesread more

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The second edition of David Lewis' classic book on Pacific navigation promises to satisfy yet again scholars and seafarers alike - and all others who have marveled at the ability of island mariners to navigate hundreds of miles of open ocean without instruments. The new edition includes a…read more

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Combining great learning, interpretative originality, analytical sensitivity, and a charismatic prose style, Clifford Geertz has produced a lasting body of work with influence throughout the humanities and social sciences, and remains the foremost anthropologist in America. His 1980 book Negara…read more

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This thoroughly revised edition maintains all the features that make The Oxford Companion to Australian History (first published in 1998) a superb reference for all those interested in Australian history. The editors, three of Australia's finest historians, have together with their team of over…read more

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This book is an exciting collection of essays bringing together new perspectives on the nature and meaning of Australia's changing life. Authors represent a range of approaches, backgrounds and fields to explore subjects of wide interest. Chapters are devoted to: Vegemite; postage stamps;…read more

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This book evaluates the role and performance of the Australian parliament. It explores its institutional design and its principles and practices, presenting a compelling case for reform. Uhr looks at the place of representative assemblies in liberal political theory and examines ways in which…read more

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Bringing one thousand years to life, this is an illustrated history of New Zealand from the settlement by Polynesians to the present day. The book covers the period of colonization after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the wars between the Maori and the British Army of the 1860s, the…read more

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This book is a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy provides background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic and military history, and detailed demographic analysis…read more